When it comes to garden design, some gardens are definitely more challenging than others. A particularly tricky one is the long narrow side garden, which often ends up as a junkyard. It's not really large enough to do anything with, that's the problem. Well actually, with a few cunning design tricks, you can turn that awkward side area into something eye-catching and … [Read more...] about Long, narrow, awkward side yard garden makeover – Case study
Last time we looked at contemporary paving ideas but if modern really isn't your thing and you want to create a more traditional feel for your garden, then the materials you use hold the main key to how your garden will look. Last time we discussed how using smooth paving with very straight edges creates a modern and contemporary feel, well the exact opposite is true if … [Read more...] about Paving ideas for traditional garden styles
Garden planting in February can still be quite a hard month to have the garden look good in. We are still relying heavily on those evergreen plants to save the day. Right click image and choose ‘Save As’ to download a larger version. Ilex crenata Convexed Gold This small evergreen plant, for all intense and purposes, looks just like a 'golden box' shrub. It's not … [Read more...] about Plant Selection – Fabulous in February
Have you been watching the coverage of the world's greatest gardens, the Chelsea Flower Show in London? What do you think of the gardens this year? I hate to admit it, but I'm really not enjoying the gardens. In fact, if I'm really honest, I haven't for a few years now... After watching the garden coverage on TV, I think I've turned into a 'grumpy old woman' (though … [Read more...] about Gardens that disappoint – the Chelsea Flower Show
How to survey your garden To view this garden survey video along with many others visit the Successful Garden Design YouTube Channel The video above shows the first stage in how to design a garden and is for anyone suffering from tapemeasureaphobia! Yes, we finally have the first of the infamous garden design in Spain video series up and running.... hoorah - well not … [Read more...] about How to measure a garden [part 1]
When I do garden design consults there is one sentence I hear over and over again: “Oh we just put that there because we had a gap, it doesn’t have to stay there”… What the ‘that’ is, can be anything from a summerhouse to a birdbath or anything else you care to imagine. To most people, the assumption that an awkward area they don’t know what to do with (or somewhere they have … [Read more...] about Garden design – Be careful of the ‘gap trap’!